Auburn vs. Alabama - Postgame Quotes

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Feb. 17, 2013

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Auburn Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy

Opening Statement...
"We are very happy to get a win. I thought the first half we set the tone immediately. I thought we came out and played extremely well. I thought Hasina Muhammad did a very good job of controlling the game right from the beginning, and then Blanche Alverson stepped in and helped us score as well."

On how well the game went...
"It feels good, and I actually feel happier for our players. It's tough. They're practicing everyday knowing that they haven't won a game in very long time and that's all you guys keep talking about. I'm just happy for them because it's a lot of work being a student athlete, and when you're putting in the work and you're really not seeing the rewards, it becomes even harder."

On Blanche Alverson...
"I think when we came back to practice, because we were off Monday and Tuesday, I met with Tyrese Tanner, Blanche Alverson and Peyton Davis and just expressed to them that at this point right now it's really up to them to start leading this team. If anybody is going to do different, why not them? You have two juniors and a senior. Why depend on a sophomore or a freshman? Why depend on anybody else when they're very capable of stepping up and doing it. We also put in some new plays for Blanche and offered her a couple of different screens. She was playing the 3 position which was really good for her. It was good. I thought she came out and really set the tone for us in the first half to get the lead."

On playing Alabama...
"Our whole philosophy this week wasn't about Alabama. Immediately the first thing I put on the board into the locker room was that it's not about them. Everything was about us and doing everything that we need to do. They just happened to be the next opponent."

On the close games...
"Even the games that have been very close, we had leads. We have had leads. We have lost leads. We have caught up, and we have turned the ball over. This was the first time we actually got the lead and we continued to have the lead. We didn't take any breaks. We didn't take any lapses off. We just continued to go at them."

On Hasina Muhammad...
"There's nothing wrong with her hip. It's really her knees. She has the knee pads on, and we just try to keep them heated up and moving. The last thing that you want to do when you have knee problems is sit down and then hop up from the bench and go back to the floor, so we keep her on the bike just to keep her warmed up a little bit."

On the difference today...
I think it really makes a difference when you have Hasina Muhammad at the point. She can see the floor extremely well. Take away the last two minutes of the game, because she's really tired, but then go back to when she was feeling really strong and fresh. I thought she did a great job of pushing the ball and because she is as tall as she is, it's really easy for her to see the floor. I thought our other four players did a great job of running the floor."

On time off...
"Anytime you can have time off it's always good, because we had a lot of kids that needed the rest, especially this late in the season. It's always good to get a break and get some time off."

Auburn Player Quotes

Blanche Alverson, Senior, F

On getting off to a good start against Alabama...
"That was definitely the plan going in. Coach Flo had told us that we need to step up with Najat (Ouardad) being out. This could be the last time I play Alabama so it definitely meant a lot more. I definitely wanted to put the team on my shoulders and get out to a good start."

On the transition without Najat Ourdad...
"She brings a lot of energy to the floor whether it is right or wrong. She is just always running around. She brings natural energy to the floor. It has been an adjustment with pushing the ball up because she is always pushing the ball up so hard. I thought our other point guard stepped up as well as Hasina (Muhammad). She had to play a different role than what she has had to play, and it worked out for us."

On beating Alabama at home...
"It is awesome. When you play against Alabama twice a year, you always want to come out on top. We lost earlier in the year and we had something to play for today. We couldn't finish out going 0-2 against Alabama. We needed to come out and set the tone, and we continued to push the pedal down."

On what it means to play well on Breast Cancer Awareness Day...
"For us to be able to have this platform and wear the pink and be on the national stage to raise awareness is just an awesome thing that the NCAA does."

Peyton Davis, Senior, F

On the transition without Najat Ouardad...
"It has definitely been an adjustment period. Najat is the type of person to run the floor and run the team. It is just different without having her there. She is just a big presence for such a small person."

On what it means to play well on Breast Cancer Awareness Day...
"It definitely means a lot, especially for me. It was hard to separate things with all the articles that came out today. The Auburn family, and I know we talk about it all the time, but it is just awesome. A lot of people have reached out to me. To be able to play for such a good cause and raise awareness for early detection, it was awesome to play for that.